This is the kind of detail-oriented reviewer I am. I take careful notes for you. Except when I am drooling over a plate of oysters and trying not to pounce on them while the server is explicating on and on about their origins.
Wavering in and out of auditory consciousness, I heard that one was a Kusshi, one was from an island somewhere on the East Coast, and the third one was some fancy tuxedo-wearing oyster that they eat at the White House or something.
Me and three friends tipped 'em back simultaneously. The White House one was first. We apparently are low-brow oyster eaters, because this one was unanimously voted least favorite. It was big and showy but didn't leave much of a flavor impression.
Next was the mystery island one. We all loved it. It was punchy and briny with a good firm texture.
Finally, Kusshi - tiny and sweet. It needed the lemon and lingered behind my tongue for a long time.
Oysters are $3 each - I could have easily - easily! - spent $40 in ten minutes had I wanted to. But my friends and I dragged each other out so we'd have room for fish tacos, the next stop on our Saturday seafood journey.
Shuck Oyster Bar
3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626